MIDLAND - Corpus Christi engineered a doubleheader sweep of the RockHounds Friday, besting Midland by scores of 6-2 and 4-3 before a crowd of 3,976 at Security Bank Ballpark.
The Hooks have won the first three in this four-game series.
Corpus Christi (33-34) powered its way through Friday's opener, belting three home runs.
Jack Mayfield hit a three-run shot off lefty Evan Manarino in the first. J.D. Davis opened the third with his Texas League-leading 17th home run of the year. Kyle Tucker added a lead-off blast to center in the fifth.
Akeem Bostick (4-1) earned the victory, scattering two runs and eight hits in five frames. Bostick coaxed double plays in the fourth and fifth to neutralize bases-loaded threats.
Jacob Dorris retired six of the seven men he faced to end the game.
In the nightcap, RockHound starter Joel Seddon kept Corpus Christi in check, allowing one unearned run through five innings of work.
Thanks to a strong performance by lefty Kent Emanuel, the Hooks took a 1-0 edge into the fourth. Kenny Wilson put Midland (33-34) in front for the first time in the series with a two-run home run to left field.
Corpus Christi countered with a three-spot in the sixth. Lou Trivino (6-1) surrendered back-to-back singles by Davis and Jon Singleton to begin the frame. A walk to Garrett Stubbs set up an RBI groundout by Ramon Laureano. Trent Woodward then drilled an opposite-field two-run double into left.
Emanuel (3-3) permitted two consecutive singles to start the sixth, ending his night. J.P Sportman cracked a base hit off Andrew Thome, pulling the Hounds within 1. Thome then stuck out Wilson and fanned Aregnis Raga. On the Raga K, J.P. Sportman was caught drifting off first base for the final out.
Thome spun a 1-2-3 seventh for his fourth save.
The Hooks send lefty Alex Winkelman (0-1, 5.19) to the hill in Saturday night's finale. Ben Bracewell (2-1, 5.51) is slated to pitch for Midland. First pitch 7 p.m.
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